Business Impact for Good

The Conscious Company Global Leaders Forum

June 7 - 9, 2017

800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Announcing New Retreat Location

We have upgraded the event venue from downtown San Francisco to 1440 Multiversity, which is less than an hour down the road, and provides us with a world-class retreat experience in the heart of the redwoods. The 75-acre campus is perfect for the connective, rejuvenate, and immersive experience that we are curating. We look forward to hosting you there.

Where the conscious business movement comes to unite

It’s time to go BIG. Act big as a company. Be big as a leader. And coalesce the movement in a BIG and impactful way. At the intersection of sustainable business, conscious leadership, and social impact is YOU, the conscious business leader. The leader who cares about the planet, our fellow human beings, and the mindful awareness and compassion needed to lead in today’s world. Now, more than ever, we business leaders are being called to ACT and ADVOCATE in ways we never imagined.

What’s Happening at the Forum?

Nothing like you’ve ever seen. This forum is about the experience — an intimate, curated group of leaders discussing what matters most to each of their journeys, their companies, and the greater good of the world. Expect to see cause-based councils and coalitions form right in front of you — and maybe even make some friends for life.

We will learn together. We will share together. We will celebrate together. And we will explore ways to make ourselves, our workplaces, our communities, and our world better, together. The agenda includes:

  • Convening the leaders and key influencers of the conscious business movement to create common ground and shared impact
  • Best Practices and insights on creating cohesive company culture and attracting and retaining talent in the new economy
  • Shared learning and ideation with your fellow changemakers and peers through highly curated, facilitated, and intimate group experiences
  • Inspirational TED-style presentations and Q&A sessions with those doing the most innovative work in the space
  • Values-based leadership discussion forums to accelerate our own conscious leadership journeys
  • Action-oriented learning from thought-leaders and the collective wisdom of peers to generate fresh ideas and identify up-and-coming trends
  • Personal development workshops on managing the stress of work-life integration and finding more fulfillment in work
  • Peer group collaboration to collectively make a larger impact in cause areas such as environmental protection, human rights, and economic inclusion.

Together, as leaders, we will be working on the joint solutions to the big issues of today such as:

Environmental Sustainability

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental protection
  • Food and agriculture

Human Rights

  • Worker’s rights
  • Gender equality
  • Refugee and immigration policy

Economic Inclusion

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Socioeconomic divide and poverty

Who's Coming?

The biggest names and key influencers in conscious leadership, sustainable business, and social entrepreneurship —  driving BIG impact in the world today.

Conscious Company is curating the stories (& leaders) from leading brands & industry advocates like:

Past Speakers

The guest speakers who appeared at the June 2017 forum.


Rick Ridgeway

VP of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia

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Kat Taylor

Co-founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank


Adam Lowry

Co-founder, Method & Co-founder and Co-CEO, Ripple Foods

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Joey Bergstein

COO, Seventh Generation


Tiffany McNeil

Director, Mission, Strategy & Insights, Plum Organics


Shannon Di Donato

SVP, Human Resources, Clif Bar & Co


Michele Bousquet

Director, Organizational Development, GoPro


Scott Shute

Chief Mindfulness Officer, LinkedIn


Akaya Windwood

President, Rockwood Leadership Institute


Cory Smith

Co-founder and CEO, Wisdom Labs

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Alfa Demmellash

Co-founder and CEO, Rising Tide Capital


Robert Egger

Founder and President, L.A. Kitchen


Marc Lesser

Former CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI)


Gerry Valentine

Founder, Vision Executive Coaching


Lynne Twist

Co-founder, Pachamama Alliance and Founder, The Soul of Money Institute


Lisa Dyson

CEO, Kiverdi


Doug Rauch

Former President, Trader Joe's & Founder and President, Daily Table


Rand Stagen

Managing Director of the Stagen Leadership Academy


Pamela Chaloult


Vince Siciliano

Vincent Siciliano

CEO, New Resource Bank


David Brodwin

Co-founder and Vice President, Media and Communications, ASBC


Mike Brady

CEO, Greyston Bakery


Ben Anderson

Chief B Keeper, B Lab


Jenny Sauer-Klein

Founder & Director at Culture Conference


Erin Wade

Co-founder & CEO, Homeroom


Simon Mainwairing

CEO, We First


Matthew Griffin

Co-Founder, Combat Flip Flops


Diana Chapman

Co-founder, The Conscious Leadership Group


Jared Levy

Founder, Guru; Board Member, SVN


Peter Weng

Vice President of Sales & Marketing at SIYLI


Jacqueline Carter

Partner, The Potential Project


Julie van Amerongen

Director of Programs & Events, Conscious Capitalism


Allison Milne

Sustainability Consultant, Oxfam

2017 Conscious Company Leaders Awards

The 2017 Conscious Company Leaders Awards recognize the year’s most innovative, influential, and dedicated values-based business leaders. Winners will be announced at the Conscious Company Leader’s Forum event in June, featured in the July/August print issue of CONSCIOUS COMPANY magazine, and highlighted on the Conscious Company website.

10 Ways You Can Expect to Grow at the Forum

Cultivate your conscious and values-driven leadership skills
Discover best practices for being a more sustainable business and making the triple bottom line a reality
Collaborate on impacting issues such as climate change, clean energy, human rights, and sustainable food policy
Share authentically around the challenges of creating higher purpose and culture in the workplace
Explore what it means to be truly inclusive, diverse, and open as a company
Learn how to find grace and compassion amidst stress and adversity
Uncover insights for increased employee engagement and a thriving company culture
Make the leap from social entrepreneur to authentic leader
Work across generations, industries, and regions to harness innovative ideas
Determine how we can best collaborate and unite as a movement to effect greater impact and change for good in the world.

Past Agenda

The prior agenda from the June 2017 forum.

Pre-Event Workshop

Foundations of Mindful Leadership

June 7, 2017

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
This course is designed to be an overview to help leaders build the core mental habits to effectively lead teams with mindfulness in complex, high-performance environments. Using science-based, highly practical tools emphasizing mindfulness and emotional intelligence, leaders will bolster their personal capacity for: 
  • Leadership resilience and mental clarity amidst complexity and change 
  • Emotional intelligence skills including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management 
  • Effective communication and influence skills 
  • Greater understanding, empathy, and compassionate leadership
Meg Levie, Master Facilitator
Cory Smith, CEO, Wisdom Labs


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

June 7

Thinking BIG


Welcome Conversation

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Session 1

Shared Learning: Real Conversations About Cultivating Conscious Leadership, Authentic Purpose, and True Impact facilitated by Rand Stagen

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Session 2

Keynote Leaders Discussion: How Purpose Drives Workplace Performance

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

More and more, the word "purpose" continues to come up in the context of business. But why is purpose in the workplace actually important? In this session, we will explore why purpose will be the foundation of the workplace of the future and how it’s creating significant benefit for those who already incorporate it. Hear from leading brands, like Clif Bar and the Honest Company, as they explore the benefits of incorporating purpose at work, including:

  • Driving workplace performance
  • Attracting and retaining leading talent
  • Increasing employee engagement and innovation
  • Creating loyal brand advocates
  • Reigniting the power passion in our day to day work
Shannon Di Donato, SVP, Human Resources, Clif Bar & Co
Simon Mainwairing, CEO, We First
Erin Wade, Co-founder & CEO, Homeroom
Doug Rauch, Former President, Trader Joes; Founder, The Daily Table; Board Member, Conscious Capitalism

Shared learning: Purpose in your workplace

3:15 pm - 4:05 pm



4:05 pm - 4:25 pm

Session 3

It’s Time for Business to Take a Stand:

How Leading Brands Are Standing Up For the Causes They Care About and How It’s Helping Their Brand and Bottom Line

4:25 pm - 5:20 pm

We're living in challenging times. The country feels divided and the causes that many of us care about — from environmental protection and human rights to climate change and economic inclusion — are under attack. In this session, we will examine what responsibility business leaders have to take a stand on the causes they care about and how leading brands and business leaders are already doing so. Hear firsthand how major brands like AirBNB and Beneficial State Bank are:

  • Building the corporate framework for advocating for causes they care about
  • Creating a platform to use their businesses to affect larger change
  • Taking Agency over their roles as leaders in society
  • Gaining loyal customers through business advocacy efforts
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Kat Taylor, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank
Joey Bergstein, COO, Seventh Generation
Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia

Deep dive group conversation: Defining your corporate values

5:20 pm - 6:00 pm


Conscious Leader Awards Recognition

6:00 pm - 6:20 pm


6:20 pm - 7:30 pm

World Changing Visionary: Fireside Interview

7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Lynne Twist, Co-founder, Pachamama Alliance and Founder, The Soul of Money Institute

Connective Conversation Over Drinks

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

June 8

Taking Action



7:00 am - 8:30 am

Opening Conversation

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Session 1

Values-based Leadership:

A candid discussion of what it means to bring your values to your leadership role and into the workplace

8:45 am - 9:45 am

In this session, we will explore the real-world benefits of incorporating conscious leadership principles and personal beliefs into your work and dive deep into the practical components of implementing values-based leadership in the workplace — the “how to” behind exploring conscious leadership and the tangible benefits that result from doing so.
Hear how leaders are tackling their biggest challenges using this approach by:

  • Incorporating mindfulness in a secular and easily accessible way
  • Creating corporation-wide conscious leadership programs
  • Cultivating a culture that encourages the work-life balance needed to maintain team member retention and quality of life for all.
  • Decreasing team member stress and anxiety while increasing productivity and day to day joy
  • Enhancing the customer experience through engaged happy employees (and you as leader)
Scott Schute, VP Global Customer Operations & Chief Mindfulness Officer, LinkedIn
Cory Smith, Co-founder and CEO, Wisdom Labs
Michele Bousquet, Director, Organizational Development, GoPro

Shared Learning: Diving Deep Into Your Personal and Corporate Values

9:45 am - 10:25 am


Serendipity Break

10:25 am - 11:00 am

Session 2

What are our blind spots? Holding up the mirror as a conscious leader, business, and movement

11:00 am - 11:45 am

We all have blind spots — areas that need improvement that we may not even be aware of. In this raw session, we will have an honest conversation about many of the blind spots that we have as a leaders, as businesses, and as a conscious business movement.

Gerry Valentine, Founder, Vision Executive Coaching
Matthew Griffin, Co-Founder, Combat Flip Flops
Allison Milne, Sustainability Consultant, Oxfam

Small Group Discussions: Addressing Your Personal Blind Spots

11:45 am - 12:15 pm


Lunch and learn roundtables

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 3

CEO Confidential

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Adam Lowry, Co-founder, Method & Co-founder and Co-CEO, Ripple Foods

Session 4

Making an Impact: The "How to" Behind Using Your Company or Your Position as Tool for Good

2:20 pm - 3:35 pm

Business, when designed to do so, can be the largest driver of positive change that the world has ever seen. In this session, we will hear from some of the most innovative brands in the space — like Ripple Foods — on a wide-range of topics including:

  • How they are intentionally using their companies for good
  • What it takes to create a product that “IS” good
  • How doing good has affected their bottom line
  • What wisdom they’ve gained along their respective journeys
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Alfa Demelash, Co-founder and CEO, Rising Tide Capital
Robert Egger, Founder and President, L.A. Kitchen
Mike Brady, CEO, Greyston Bakery
Lisa Dyson, CEO, Kiverdi



3:45 pm - 4:05 pm

Session 5

Uniting the tribes: how we can work together to create greater change?

4:05 pm - 5:00 pm

In this unique session, we will hear perspectives from the leaders of many of the key industry groups in the space on how we can affect greater change, together.

David Brodwin, Co-founder and Vice President, Media and Communications, ASBC
Ben Anderson, Chief B Keeper, B Lab
Pamela Chaloult, COO, BALLE
Jared Levy, Founder, Guru; Board Member, SVN
Julie van Amerongen, Director of Programs & Events, Conscious Capitalism

Deep dive: Uniting the Tribes

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing and Dinner

Closing Conversation

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Optional sunset hike

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

June 9

Coalition Building



7:00 am - 8:30 am

Opening Conversation

8:30 am - 8:50 am

Session 1

Best Practices for True Wellness Work

8:50 am - 9:40 am

Traditionally, when we think about wellness, we think about HR programs that give our team members massage, time off, and old-school team building outings. But is that “wellness” or just temporary relief of the stress and isolation seen commonly at work?

In this eye opening discussion, we’ll go into the real definition of wellness and what world-class wellness oriented organizations are doing to create an environment that is human first. Hear the experts and in-house champions tell the tale of what it took to:

  • Build the executive level buy-in to transform the way wellness was addressed
  • Leverage existing research to create a case for the importance of working less for better results.
  • Create work-life balance programs that make every employee feel cared for and able to be at one with the challenges of modern life
Marc Lesser, Former CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
Tiffany McNeil, Director, Mission, Strategy & Insights, Plum Organics

Session 2

Building Your Own Community of Leaders: Addressing Loneliness at the Top

9:50 am - 10:40 am

Being a leader can be a lonely endeavor — from making the tough call to finding balance with the demands on your time. In this session, conscious leadership experts will dive deep into key insights for creating a community of peers around you who can support you on your journey.
You’ll hear the raw stories and insights from those that have crossed the lonely leader desert and how they broke the vicious cycle of leadership demands like:

  • Unravelling past beliefs of what it means to be a leader and entrepreneur to regain happiness and balance
  • Understanding the true strength in being vulnerable and receiving feedback
  • Discovering the powerful forces of having a support system and routine to nourish your soul
  • Prioritizing the human connection and creating meaningful relationships versus distance from others.
Akaya Windwood, President, Rockwood Leadership Institute
Vince Siciliano
Vincent Siciliano, CEO, New Resource Bank
Jacqueline Carter, Partner, The Potential Project

Session 3

From Inner Change to External Impact: Moving Yourself From Fear to Trust

10:45 am - 11:30 am
Diana Chapman, Co-founder, The Conscious Leadership Group


Closing Conversation

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Meg Levie
Executive Coach, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

Michael Saul
Founding Partner, Possibilities Consulting

Corey Blake
Founder, Round Table Companies

Anna Tansi
President, Counterbalance Consulting

Jared Levy
Owner, Guru Media Solutions

Marian Baker
Chief Inspiration Officer, Wake Up Inspired

Flip Brown
CEO, Business Culture Consultants

Amy Hartzler
Partner, Do Good Better

Catherine Bell
Author, The Awakened Company

Michael Whelchel
Co-founder, Big Path Capital

Zeb Severson
Co-founder, Lead with the Lights On

Katy Bray
Co-founder, Lead with the Lights On

Nick Craig
President, Authentic Leadership Institute

Lori Darley
CEO & Founder, Conscious Leaders LLC

Bulbul Gupta
Social Innovation Advisor, Medora Ventures

Lori Hanau
Founder, Global Round Table Leadership

Jacqueline Carter
Author, Potential Impact

Alix Tingle
Operations Director, GameChangers500

Cristina Moon

Steve Havill
President, Conscious Capitalism Bay Area

Margaret Ryan
Conscious Capitalism Bay Area

Anna McGrath
Conscious Capitalism Bay Area

Ulrich Nettensheim
Founder, N Leadership

Kyra Bobinet
CEO, EngagedIN

Topher Wilkins
CEO, Opportunity Collaboration

Joshua Fonts
Executive Director, Bioneers

Ben Anderson
Chief B Keeper, B Lab

Jenny Sauer Klein
Founder & Director, Culture Conference

Denise Pirrotti Hummel
Chief Innovation Office, Lead Inclusively

Marty Krasney
Executive Director, Dalai Lama Institute

Susan Skeil
Faculty, Naropa

Marian Baker
Chief Inspiration Officer Wake Up Inspired

Amber Barnes
Start Human

Briana Quindazi
Strategy Director, BBMG

Patty Hampel
Business & Culture Transformation Leader, DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Leanne Lowish
Head of Delivery Excellence, Axialent

Dean Anderson
CEO & Co-foudner, Being First

Andrew Johnson
Senior Executive, Being First

Joe Burton
CEO & Founder Whil

Dr. Jan Byers
Founder & President, LeadSync

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
President, Coherent Change

Cynthia Phillips

Mike Normant
The Unlimit Group

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Anna Tansi
President, Counter Balance Consulting

Whitney Smith
CEO & Founder, Whit & Wisdom

Mike Normant
The Unlimit Group

Russel Sparkman
Fusion Spark

Suzanne Levy
President, Bolder Leadership

The Business Impact for Good (BIG) Forum is by invitation only.

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